Stephen Gibb, Chief Executive at leading UK law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn, secured the Chief Executive of the Year title in a Judges’ choice award at this year’s Scottish Legal Awards.
Now in their 13th year, the prestigious awards continue to bring together the Scottish legal industry to celebrate the best performing individuals, teams and firms. This year’s sell-out awards dinner took place on Thursday 24 March at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms, attracting more than 400 guests.
Stephen, who was recently re-elected to head up Shepherd and Wedderburn for a second term, successfully guided the firm through its acquisition of 158 year old Scottish law firm, Tods Murray, in October 2014 and the integration of its people and business. He led the growth of the firm from under 380 people to 500 and its UK turnover from £37m to over £52m during the next eighteen months.
The integration operation, which was successfully completed in just three months, involved the transfer of 3,500 clients, 6,800 matters, 2.1 million documents and 8,500 contacts and records to Shepherd and Wedderburn, as well as the relocation of partners and staff to the firm’s Edinburgh and Glasgow offices.
“Being awarded the Chief Executive of the Year title is a great recognition of the massive contribution of the management team, partners and staff in completing the acquisition and integration process”, Stephen commented. “The full benefits of the deal are still to be realised. This is an outstanding business, and I am very proud and honoured to have received this award on behalf of all at the firm.”
Raising over £10,000, the Scottish Legal Awards were held in support of It’s Good 2 Give and LawWorks Scotland.